Drawing out workplace issues through art therapy

By Lorna Harris
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/04/2003

Picture this: a long, winding road leading to a log cabin overlooking 100 acres of woods. In the backdrop is the home of some of Canada’s greatest paintings and sculptures. This idyllic setting, only miles from bustling downtown Toronto, houses an innovative enterprise unique in Canada — the corporate art therapy program at the McMichael Gallery in Kleinburg.

The McMichael program, “The Creative Edge,” is the two-year-old brainchild of Marianne Carman, art therapy program co-ordinator. Few people are familiar with the concept of corporate art therapy, and if they have heard of it they often have misconceptions, she says.

“Often people think art therapy is for kids, that it is too far out or that participants must be really disturbed.”